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Long-Awaited Ableton Live 10 Will Have a Ton of New Features


Music production software developer, Ableton, has announced Live 10 — the long-awaited upgrade to Live 9 that came out a little more than 4 years ago. Live 10 introduces four bold devices, new features, an expanded sound library, and some significant improvements that keep you in the flow while you’re producing.

Available early next year, here are some of the glorious updates you’ll find in Live 10:

Easier workflow

With features like Capture, you can turn ideas into music – without thinking about recording. How? Just hit Capture after you’ve played your new idea. There are also other improvements to Live 10 that help you stay in the flow at every stage of your creative process, like the ability to work with multiple MIDI clips across multiple tracks within a single view.


A few impressive workflow refinements include:

  • Color-coded and easy-to-access browser collections
  • Note chasing with note triggering
  • I/O Renaming to instantly select routing
  • Mixing improvements
  • Simpler overview with ability to create multiple levels of groups 
  • Refined interface with cleaner, clearer graphics

New devices

With a range of new devices, Live 10 encourages you to incorporate new, colorful sounds into your mixes. New devices include Wavetable, Echo, Drum Buss and Pedal. Get creative with Live 10’s upgraded instruments and effects.

Push improvements

Live 10 brings new functionality and new high-res visualizations to Push, the expressive controller that gives you an unlimited palette of sounds with 64 pads. Now you’ll spend even less time with the computer—whether you’re composing ideas, editing MIDI or shaping and mixing sounds.


New library of sounds

Live 10 has a brand-new collection of sound packs that are ready for finished music, right out of the box. Plus the library has been reorganized to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Built in Max Technology

Max technology for Live provides powerful devices, such as a convolution reverb, step sequencer and more – like a toolbox to build your own instruments and effects. In Live 10, Max is fully integrated and built in, so there’s no additional download or set up required. 

Ableton users will surely rejoice at all the exciting upgrades featured in Live 10. The software will be available in early 2018 and download versions will be priced at the same level as Live 9:

Live Intro – $99
Live Standard – $449
Live Suite – $749 

Read more about the new specs of Live 10 on the Ableton website and let us know if you plan to scoop this new update. We want to hear from you – leave us your comments below.


Reloop Announces the HiFi TURN 2 Analogue Turntable


Reloop has announced their HiFi TURN 2, a belt-driven turntable made for vinyl purists wanting to immerse themselves in the world of analogue listening pleasure. Some key features of the turntable include a smooth belt drive and low-noise DC motor, a new straight tonearm design with optimal tracking performance, and a heavy MDF plinth with an elegant, slim line design.



Dedicated to DJs, turntablists, vinyl-junkies and record collectors, Reloop has been releasing some pretty cool products this year. We recently took a look at the upgraded RP-7000 MK2 turntable, built specifically to withstand harsh conditions in the DJ booth. Quite the opposite, the TURN 2 is perfect for your home. The built-in, low-vibration DC motor is extremely quiet meaning the TURN 2 can be ideally set up in listening environments or living rooms. 

Thanks to a pre-installed elliptical cartridge from Ortofon, the TURN 2 is ready to use right out of the box. A new straight tonearm design allows for optimal tracking performance with an angled headshell and Ortofon cartridge that sits perfectly in the groove of the record.

The TURN 2 comes in a sleek matte black, red or white finish. It retails for $299 USD and will be available in mid-November. Check out the Reloop website for more information and let us know if you think this turntable is perfect for the audiophile in your life. Leave your comments below!





Pioneer Announces XDJ-RX2 And XY-3B Speaker


Pioneer is announcing two major releases with one of them confirming recent speculations surrounding a successor to the XDJ-RX. Out of Pioneer’s Professional Audio department comes a new speaker that is prepared for club/restaurant installation as well as going on tour. Read more below to see the latest hardware coming from Pioneer.




Hardware: XDJ-RX2
Price: $1,699.00 in the DJTT store
Availability: Late September 2017

The latest addition to the Pioneer DJ family is the XDJ-RX2, the successor to the popular all-in-one DJ system. The XDJ-RX2 inherits features and design traits from Pioneer’s NXS2 set-up. Like the XDJ-RX, this is an all-in-one unit that can function with just a USB or with a laptop running Rekordbox using the Link Export Mode. DJs can expect a more modern layout with familiar features. Some standout parts of this generation include:

  • New 7” Touch-Screen Display: This new display allows DJs to zoom in on tracks using Wave Zoom. DJs can also call up a QWERTY keyboard to quickly find the next track to play.
  • Inspiration from DJM-900NXS2: The mixer on this unit uses similar EQs and channel faders with curves that are equivalent to what is found in the DJM-900NXS2. Color FX and Beat FX are making a comeback as well.
  • Multi-colored Performance Pads: The eight performance pads include different colors, much like the pads found in other professional hardware.



Like the XDJ-RX, the mixer section can be used as a standalone mixer, with both phono and line inputs on each channel. The input/output section hasn’t changed and is still limited. Yet, for a two channel mixer, it’s a decent set – including XLR and RCA master outs, 1/4″ TRS booth outs, and two mic inputs. Interestingly, there is no longer an ethernet link port on the XDJ-RX2. (See below.)



XY-3B and XY-2 Hybrid Speakers


  • Hardware: XY-3B and XY-2
  • Price: ~$5,500 for the XY-3B; ~$3,000 for the XY-2
  • Availability: Early 2018

On the professional audio side of things, Pioneer is announcing two additions to the XY series: the XY-3B three-way full range speaker and the XY-2 mid-high speaker. Both deliver natural audio at the high sound pressure level (SPL) required for large venues and outdoor events. What truly makes these speakers unique is that these aren’t installation speakers and they aren’t touring rigs. These are meant to be seen as hybrid units for both instances.

Specifically, the XY-3B is rigging and tour ready. Flying hardware options will become available along with ground stacking configurations. For tours and festivals, the XY-3B wheel board attaches to create a safe and easy way to transport the speakers. The XY-3B can also stacks two-high and four-wide to maximize space when transporting.

The XY-3B speaker is the product of three years of using 3D printers to create components that produced natural sound. An 8-inch cone driver delivers precise mid-range frequencies using Pioneer Pro Audio’s X-Phase system. A 1-inch compression driver produces clear high-frequencies which, thanks to the molded Bi-horn, seamlessly blends with the mids. (See the video below for a more detailed explanation.) Finally, two 12-inch cone drivers create tight, chest-pumping low end.



The additional unit XY-2 unit is the mid-high component from the XY-3B. This provides the same mid-high range coverage as its big brother at a fraction of the size. This makes the XY-2 a good candidate to be a PA speaker for large stadiums, a DJ booth monitor, or as a down fill for an XY-3B cluster setting.




Spotify Axes DJ Software Streaming In Virtual DJ


To some DJs, integrated streaming music services are the pinnacle of modern music collections. To others, the unreliability and dependence on good internet, service is too risky. In the last month, Spotify has made a minor-but-impactful update to their terms of service that has crippled streaming inside of Virtual DJ . Keep reading for the details.


Virtual DJ Breaks The News In Update

In their most recent (9/8/17) software update, Virtual DJ noted a major change in their music streaming capabilities – a complete removal of Spotify from the streaming library options:

2017-09-08 Update: Spotify is currently no longer available in VDJ 8 as they have recently changed their terms in regards to using Spotify inside Professional DJ applications. We are in discussions with Spotify in order to restore and improve the service but currently no ETA can be provided.

Content Unlimited, Deezer, Groove Music and Pulselocker are still available as content providers.

Prior to this announcement, even in Virtual DJ Pro, there was always a major limitation that prevented streaming or caching two songs at the same time:

[…]the current licensing terms of Spotify do not allow the streaming or caching of 2 tracks simultaneously.

VirtualDJ’s implementation respects this license limitation, but as a result, please be aware that the Spotify experience might not be ideal for DJ use.

What About Algoriddim djay?

Editor’s Update: We’ve gotten an official comment from Atomix. Amazing stuff here – apparently, a major label has stepped in and directly targeted DJ integration of Spotify streaming in a single app:

VirtualDJ and Spotify have been working together over the past 10 months to discuss and implement an integration. The legality of using a consumer streaming service for a DJ application is a complicated question, especially for professional paid DJs, and last month one of the major labels reached out to Spotify with questions about their integration with VirtualDJ Pro. We therefore decided with Spotify to suspend the access for now, until we can sort through the licensing questions.

In comparison, look at Algoriddim’s djay. That software is still able to stream directly from Spotify – something that’s likely part of a more robust deal crafted between the two companies. The djay 2 app can connect and stream (faster than VDJ ever could) tracks from the Spotify library.

Spotify was first added to djay back in 2014 – and has continued to be a major selling point of the software since then. Watch Ean’s test of the streaming capacities of djay Pro in a DJTT video review here.

The Algoriddim team reached out to specifically note:

Algoriddim has officially partnered with Spotify to give users seamless access to the streaming service from within our apps, with the ability to mix multiple tracks at the same time and the functionality you’d expect from modern DJ software. This integration is official and available to all Spotify Premium subscribers.

The Dangers Of Streaming Someone Else’s Library


This all goes back to a well-deserved criticism of streaming DJ music: it’s the DJ form of sharecropping. If you don’t own your own music collection and rely on an external source, it could disappear at any time leaving you high and dry. If the terms of service are suddenly changed right before your big gig and your music disappears, what would you do?

While many DJ softwares have embraced Pulselocker, a DJ-oriented streaming service, we can’t help but see this as a major lesson for software developers and DJs. External dependencies are bad – and DJs should keep building their own music collections locally, not as playlists on someone else’s server.




Vinyl music sales for 2017 have already surpassed 2016’s numbers with Q4 yet to come. Sales of vinyl records are approaching 10 million units for the year.

According to the report by Nielsen Music, the growth of vinyl has yet to offset the broader decline of physical sales. CD sales fell 19.9% while vinyl sales increased by 3.1%.

Additionally, digital sales continue to fall as streaming becomes the preferred means of audio consumption. In the past nine months audio and video streams hit 442.44 billion, an increase of 40.5% from 2016.

As previously reported by the British Phonographic Industry, over the last decade, sales of vinyl have increased by 1,500%.

Small upstarts like Florida's SunPress continue to benefit from these broaer vinyl trends.





Major Ace, one of the founding fathers of UK grime, has passed away after losing his battle with a brain tumour.

The news was confirmed by his brother via an Instagram post yesterday evening.

The pioneering MC, whose real name was Luke Monero, had been suffering from a brain tumour for the last three years, and sadly passed away on Sunday evening (8th October).

Major Ace was part of Pay As You Go Cartel, which was the starting place for MCs Wiley, Gods Gift, Maxwell D, Breeze and Flow dan, producer DJ Target, and also UK underground music figureheads DJ Slimzee and Geeneus.

Along with Heartless Crew and the So Solid Crew, Pay As You Go were also recognised as a pioneering influence on the UK grime sound.

Pay As U Go Cartel reached number 13 in the UK charts with 'Champagne Dance' in 2002.

The grime community — including Wiley, Tinchy Stryder, Lethal Bizzle, DJ Target and Lisa Maffia — have all paid tribute to Major Ace on social media throughout this morning.






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